Burapha is a bus company that sells a range of combo tickets between Koh Chang and Bangkok and Pattaya. As Koh Chang is an island, tickets include ferry transfers across to the island as well as bus transportation.
Many of the buses include pick up directly from the main airport in Bangkok which is Suvarnabhumi Airport and then takes you straight to Koh Chang from there. Longer routes on Express buses provide food, snacks, and drinks as well as blankets.
Depending on the different routes buses may vary. Some of these are Express buses which are large and have spacious seating and reclining seats. Other routes however use minivans which are much smaller and do not have a full range of amenities.
Routes served by Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus Company
This bus company services a variety of routes around Thailand although these are mostly focused on travel to and from Koh Chang. You can get directly to Koh Chang or to the pier in Trat from where there are also options to get to Koh Kood and Koh Mak.
Suvarnabhumi Airport–Koh Chang
Tickets from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang cost THB680 and are sold in the form of combo tickets including minivan or bus transport and ferry transfers. Buses leave the airport at 7.50 am, 11 am, or 2 pm and there is also a bus at 11 pm. The journey takes between 6 and 7 hours.
Koh Chang to Suvarnabhumi Airport
A very convenient service if you need to get directly from Koh Chang to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Buses are quite reliable as far as the travel time is concerned and leave from Klong Son on Koh Chang. Tickets on this bus are priced at THB680. Buses leave at 7 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm. The journey takes between 6 and 7 hours and depends on the bus option you choose as this route uses both minivans and Express buses.
Burapha Bus Company offers direct pick up at the main airport in Bangkok which means you can go straight to Koh Chang as soon as you arrive without having to travel to the bus station in Bangkok independently.
As Burapha Bus Company offers combo tickets that include bus and ferry journeys to Koh Chang this is one of the cheapest ways to travel to the island.
All buses have air conditioning including mini vans.
Some of the buses that serve these routes are Express buses and others are minivans. If you feel uncomfortable when travelling in a minivan you will need to check ahead of time to find out which kind of vehicle will be used.
Minivans do not have as much legroom as the larger buses and do not include complementary food and snacks.
Air conditioning inside minivans may not always work.
Keep in mind
Booking a ticket with this company means that you will not have to transfer between different operators when you get to the ferry at Koh Chang which can make for an easier and quicker journey.
What travellers say
There are some reports of buses being delayed and failing to leave on time. This is a fairly frequent occurrence in Thailand although you should make sure to leave time for any connecting journey (such as a flight out of Bangkok).
Some passengers prefer to take an Express Bus rather than a minivan for safety and comfort reasons. Minivans are usual quicker and do not have a full range of amenities, and there have been reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit when driving minivans. If you suffer from motion sickness you may prefer to take an Express bus rather than a minivan.
Passengers have reported that the bus company desk in Koh Chang is clearly marked and easy to find and that customer service are friendly and speak good English.